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Aug 4, 2011 12:58 PM

Night Market

Has anyone been to the previous Night Markets in South Philly or University City? I'm thinking of hitting the Mt. Airy one tonight and wanted to know what to expect. Long lines? Crowded? Worth it?

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  1. Went to the one in south philly last year. the place is usually packed with 10 or so vendors. The lines in south philly were outrageous. I didn't even get to sample any of the food. 3 or 4 taco vendors , 2 or 3 cupcake trucks, some odd vendors selling produce and homemade goods, maybe it was the location, i'm not sure bout the mt airy sight. heard the university city one got rained out. so hopefully it will be a good venue and better vendors. goodluck, i stayed for 30 mins saw the lines , did some people watching, and peaced out

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    1. re: 808eater

      Def true for the South Philly one, they were a victim of their own success. The UCity one was definitely not rained out, though I'm sure the rain affected attendance. There are pictures on the web and it looks like it was good time. My guess is that a combination of what they learned from the past two plus the more out of the way location of tonight's mean that lines won't be that long. I say go check it out if you're interested.

      1. re: barryg

        I'm currently in line at the Latin Farmer. 5-10 min wait but the street is filling up fast. Nomad Pizza looks pretty amazing. It's a brick oven pizza truck on wheels. Qualifies as awesome to me! Gonna try and hit there next.

        1. re: Cheesesteak

          Went with the divide-and-conquer strategy. Gf is in line at Latin Farmer, I'm in line for Nomad. Definitely looking at a half hour wait for pizza. A lot of good looking food in people's hands as they walk by. Note to parents: bringing your SUV-sized, double-wide strollers to a densely packed street market probably isn't the best idea.

    2. Went to this last night and had a great time. The lines were pretty insane at some of the places. We really wanted to try more things, but the lines were just too long. Nomad pizza looked good, how was it? We ended up getting Indonesian food and it was incredible. Anyone know the name of that place and if they have a restaurant?

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      1. re: b1979

        Nomad Pizza was excellent. Good char, sauce, basil, mozzeralla all fresh as can be. The folks manning the counter were really nice too. I'm glad I got there when I did though, because the line doubled in size while I was there. Good pizza, yes, but waiting in line for 30 minutes for ANYTHING is pushing it.

        Here's my overall thoughts on the Night Market. It's a great idea in theory. If you were to stand away from the crowd and look at it from a higher perspective, it's the epitome of all the great things a diverse, urban city has to offer. People of every age, race, religion and sexual orientation are coming together to hit different spots to sample good food, listen to music, and grab some drinks. What could be wrong with that?

        The reality is that the lines were long enough that it's not worth the time/frustration (IMHO, of course) to try more than two vendors, and that you need a priest-like level of patience not to strangle the parents whose stroller keeps knocking into your ankles while you wait in line. You also have to contend with people who treat their dogs with more respect than other humans, as well as the people who didn't realize what they signed up for and complained about the lines and size of the crowd.

        The truth probably lies somewhere in between those last two paragraphs. Would I do it again? Yes. But I'd go early and not totally hungry. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting for food when you're starving.

        1. re: Cheesesteak

          That is great news that Nomad was there. Was it their 1949 REO Speedwagon? I am really looking forward to Nomad opening in Horizon's old location. We need more good pizza! (If you want to try Nomad now, drive to Hopewell NJ, about 15 minutes from Washingtons Crossing.)

          1. re: cwdonald

            Yes, it was their Speedwagon. Cool looking truck. Even cooler that it's hooked up to a brick oven!

      2. I love the idea of a Night Market, but we did a walk through at about 8:00 and decided that standing in one line for 30 minutes to get food, and another long line for drink, just wasn't worth it. I hope the next event has more vendors so that lines could be more manageable.